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That Time True Blood Made Me Smell Like the Ocean In Winter

In In which we watch too much television, Katie on July 14, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Here are my thoughts on this week’s True Blood*! Because I know people are super-excited to hear all about them! Read the rest of this entry »

Keep Up That Sputtering Strut

In I Make Things, Jenny on July 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm

You know that moment right as you start to pull out of a rut? The moment when you’re still real mad, but starting to be able to laugh about it? But the laugh is all raspy and laughing feels unfamiliar and you start coughing instead.

In that moment, there are two paths you can choose.You can hole up and watch seventeen more hours of Hulu. Or you can get in the car and drive to get a milkshake. And for no reason you can fathom, you say, “Fuck it, it’s sunny outside. Hell, it’s downright lovely,” and you grab your keys.

That is the moment you hit play on this mix. Read the rest of this entry »

MixDrive: USB Cassette Tapes Made Easy

In I Make Things, Rikka on July 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm

*UPDATE* I’ve entered the USB contest at Instructables.com! If you’ve enjoyed this post, please go here and vote for my instructable!

I remember the days of the mixtape. Requesting songs from the local radio station and sitting by the cassette deck, finger on the record button. I remember the glorious day I got a dual cassette deck so that I could copy music from one tape to the next. Spending hours making mixes for friends, coloring cassettes with permanent markers or nail polish or glitter. Whatever I had lying around that could safely go into the tape deck probably ended up there at one point or another. They weren’t just plastic cassettes filled with noise, they were little works of art.

With the advent of digital music, it’s all too easy to just send an iTunes gift card and a song list. The tangible aspect of the gift is lost- it becomes wholly intangible. Just a few digital files. It’s not something you can see or touch. As an expression of affection, I feel that this is lacking.  Or would, if it weren’t intangible.

I still want to make mixes for people. I love to give the gift of music. But I want it to be something they can hold. A real world item that they can take out and look at. A gift that has a physical presence. Thus, the MixDrive. Read the rest of this entry »